What a weekend! I seriously could not have asked for a better reception at the Birth Without Fear meetup on Saturday. It was like putting my third little baby on display and the feedback was fantastic! I learned a lot, made some notes and I'm excited to see what the next few weeks will bring.
I developed this line of clothing with the first priority being to help support moms. If I didn't have a husband reminding me that there was accounting and inventory to be done, I would seriously just go down the street handing out clothing to breastfeeding moms. For the past six months I have been sitting behind a computer (normally with a baby on my boob) emailing, drawing, and developing clothes that are functional and practical for moms. I have had my close circle of friends and family to bounce ideas off of and even a few magical moments when moms approached me to ask where I got the sample clothes I was wearing. It's been fun, but nothing could prepare me for seeing my clothes not only displayed but to see other moms genuinely excited about them. I know that somewhere a nursing mom got to spend an extra five minutes snuggled in bed, or talking with their partner this morning instead of wondering what they were going to wear today.
As I sold things yesterday, I wanted to hear everyone's story. I wanted it to be like when I sold houses and my customers were in my life for a good six months before we parted ways. By the time they closed on their house, I'd know their dog's favorite brand of food and their uncle's favorite band. It was fun to check out the Facebook "likes" as they happened today and place a face with a name. I feel like connecting as moms and supporting each other is what this is all about. I don't want to ever come across as the lady who just swipes a credit card and then turns her back to talk to the next person. I want to make sure everyone knows that I created Latched Mama to truly support moms and to hopefully bring some useful items to the market.
So for those of you from the meet-up yesterday, thank you so much for your support. I don't want to come across anything other than kind, because I'm sure quite a bit of healing took place at the conference yesterday, but we need to remember that we are all capable of facilitating the same connections that were made yesterday. In my opinion, the real magic occurred in the small groups and had very little to do with what happened or was said from the stage. So reach out to those that didn't have the money or means to attend and pass along the strength that you gathered. In the end, living without fear is great, but acknowledging and seeking validation of the fears we have is more realistic.
Thanks again for your support! We're excited to see where this take us!